What is sustainability?
The word sustainability stems from the concept of sustainable development. This draws attention to how we live today, ensuring that our needs are met in a way that does not compromise the ability for future generations to meet their own needs. The overall aim is to secure a better quality of life whilst protecting and improving our fragile environment.
The city's sustainability focus now is to conserve our environment by working collaboratively and helping local residents to reduce their impact on the environment. This will mean we should:
- Adapt to help combat climate change
- Reduce dependence on non-renewables e.g. oil and gas
- Improve air quality
- Conserve water resources and water quality
- Reduce, reuse and recycle waste
In order for a community to function as sustainably as possible, the following three strands should be strongly interrelated:
- Environment - Economic development is carried out in a way that is viable in terms of environmental protection.
- Social - Social development that is bearable by the environment.
- Economic - Economic development is carried out in a way that is equitable for all the world's peoples.
Therefore, all these contributing factors have to successfully interlink to produce a medium. This ultimately enables a community to reach a standard that can be classed as sustainable.
What is Worcester City Council doing?
As a local authority, we are aiming for a future that is greener, healthier and safer. To achieve this, we are working on improving the way we do things and deliver services. To have a chance at meeting current targets and moving towards an environmentally sustainable way of living we are focussing on improving our resilience to change and increasing standards long term - whilst thinking of innovative ways to cut costs in a bid to save money. Current objectives involve:
- Mitigating carbon emissions
- Increasing community awareness regarding climate change
- Expanding internal work as well as in the local community
- Communicating more about how residents can help the environment
We also support Transition Worcester, a community group working towards a low carbon Worcester. Worcester City Council works closely with Worcestershire County Council and the other District Councils in Worcestershire. We are members of the Worcestershire Partnership Climate Change Task Group, and of the regional sustainability officer network, now administered by Sustainability West Midlands.
Our efforts are with you in mind, in the hope to achieve a better quality of life in Worcester.
If you have any questions about the work that we are doing, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
What about local businesses?
It's really important that businesses reduce their carbon emissions and improve their environmental performance in line with residents and the local authorities. We are keen to help where we can, particularly as businesses often see cost reductions alongside environmental benefits.